Syracuse Air Defense Sector

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Syracuse Air Defense Sector Airdefensecommand-logo.jpg
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Emblem of the Syracuse Air Defense Sector
Active 1956–1963
Country United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Air Defense
Part of Air Defense Command
Map of Syracuse ADS

The Syracuse Air Defense Sector (SADS) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with the Air Defense Command (ADC) 26th Air Division at Hancock Field, New York.


SADS was established in October 1956 as the 4624th Air Defense Wing, SAGE at Syracuse Air Force Station (AFS), New York, assuming control of former ADC Eastern Air Defense Force units primarily in western New York, most of Pennsylvania and a small portion of western Maryland and eastern West Virginia.[1] The organization provided command and control over several aircraft and radar squadrons.

On 15 August 1958 the new Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) Direction Center (DC-03) and Combat Center (CC-01) became operational. Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. DC-03 was equipped with dual AN/FSQ-7 Computers. The day-to-day operations of the command were to train and maintain tactical units flying jet interceptor aircraft (F-89 Scorpion, F-101 Voodoo, F-102 Delta Dagger) and operating radars and interceptor missiles (CIM-10 Bomarc)in a state of readiness with training missions and a series of exercises with Strategic Air Command and other units simulating interceptions of incoming enemy aircraft. In early 1958, Syracuse AFS was renamed Hancock Field.

The Sector was inactivated on 4 September 1963 when the 26th Air Division headquarters moved to Hancock Field and the Syracuse Sector, in a realignment of sector boundaries, merged with the Boston Air Defense Sector.


  • Designated as 4624th Air Defense Wing, SAGE and organized on 1 October 1956
Redesignated Syracuse Air Defense Sector on 8 January 1957
Inactivated on 4 September 1963


  • 32nd Air Division, 1 October 1956
  • 26th Air Division, 15 August 1958 – 4 September 1963


  • Syracuse AFS, (later Hancock Field) New York, 1 October 1956 – 4 September 1963



Niagara Falls Municipal Airport, New York, 1 September 1958 - 1 July 1960

Interceptor Squadron

Griffiss AFB, New York, 1 August 1959 - 4 September 1963

Missile Squadron

Niagara Falls Air Force Missile Site, New York, 1 June 1960 - 4 September 1963

Radar Squadrons

Weapons Systems

  • F-89J, 1959-1959
  • F-101B, 1959-1963
  • F-102A, 1958-1960
  • IM-99 (later CIM-10), 1960-1963

See also


  1. Cornett, Lloyd H; Johnson, Mildred W (1980). A Handbook of Aerospace Defense Organization, 1946-1980 (PDF). Peterson AFB, CO: Office of History, Aerospace Defense Center. p. 37 (Map).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Factsheet, 15th Air Base Wing (accessed 5 Feb 2012)
  3. Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. p. 213. ISBN 0-405-12194-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Factsheet, 49th Fighter Training Squadron (accessed 5 Feb 2012)]
  5. Cornett & Johnson, p. 150
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Cornett & Johnson, pp. 156-58
  7. 7.0 7.1 Cornett & Johnson, pp. 165-67


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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SAGE facilities